Peers, friends of Miss Universe PH 2020 Rabiya Mateo affirm her humble beginnings in Iloilo

by Arniel C. Serato
Oct 27, 2020
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo's classmate and boarding house roommate tells this anecdote: "She transferred hastily one afternoon near dark with all her clothes, just clothes, so we lent her the banig and pillow for temporary use so she could sleep with something that night."
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: Miss Universe Philippines on Facebook

Nagpatotoo ang ilang mga kakilala ni Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo sa hirap na pinagdaanan ng beauty queen mula sa Iloilo City bago nito naabot ang tagumpay.

Una na rito ang hirap na pinagdaanan ni Rabiya noong nag-aaral pa ito sa Iloilo Doctor's College ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.

Ayon sa kanyang classmate at roommate na si Kryszia Tanalgo, umalis si Rabiya sa inuupahan nitong boarding house dahil mahal ang renta.

Pinayuhan niya raw si Rabiya na lumipat na lamang sa boarding house na inuupahan niya dahil mas mura ang renta rito.

Lahad ni Kryszia sa Facebook ngayong umaga, October 27 (published as is): “This was the time she's having a problem with her previous boarding house with rent issue.

“She was near being kicked out so I asked her if she wants to transfer in our BH with less cheaper rent fee and she did.

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“She transferred hastily one afternoon near dark with all her clothes, just clothes, so we lent her the banig and pillow for temporary use so she could sleep with something that night.

“Tita Cecil and Tita Neng are checking on her if she's okay with the banig for the meantime and she said yes.”

Dagdag pa niya, nagpursigi raw talaga si Rabiya sa pag-aaral at sa pangarap nitong maging modelo noong college pa sila.

“She struggled so much to reach where she was right now.

“Joggling between her studies and modelling career at the same time, she did it.

“She made it. I know, we know as her boardmates she deserved more good things in life.

“As her roommate and classmate, her efforts and perseverance when studying before pays off with her current success.

"We are very happy for her victory.”

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“WE’RE PROUD OF YOU”

Kalakip sa post na ito Kryszia ang screenshot ng post naman ni Ramon Muñez, ang anak ng may-ari ng boarding house na inuupahan nila ni Rabiya.

Sabi sa post ni Ramon: “Years ago, she stayed at our boarding house for less than a semester while she was studying at Iloilo Doctor’s College.

“She did not have money to pay for the rent.

“She slept on the floor. Her roommates gave her a 'banig' so she would have something to sleep on.

“My mom asked her if she’ll be okay, and she said she’ll be fine.”

Noon pa man daw ay nakitaan na ni Ramon ng determinasyon si Rabiya.

Saad niya, “Through hard work, perseverance, and sheer grit, she graduated cum laude and now, the 2020 Miss Universe Philippines.

“Congratulations Rabiya Mateo! We’re proud of you.”

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“SIPAG AT TIYAGA”

Isa pang kaibigan ni Rabiya ang nagpatotoo kung gaano kasipag ang Ilongga beauty queen.

Sabi ni Nelly Caballes sa kanyang Facebook post kagabi, October 26, ang sipag at tiyaga na taglay ni Rabiya ang dahilan ng tagumpay nito ngayon.

Nakalagay sa kanyang post, “You really deserve this success you achieved Rabiya Mateo.

“Yong SIPAG at TYAGA mo sa buhay nag bunga na.

“Just continue pursuing your dreams and ignore the negativity of other people!!!!!

“IM SO PROUD OF YOU Bunso. Our Miss Universe Philippines 2020.”

Kasama sa kanyang post ang usapan nila ni Rabiya noong January 2018, kung saan tila nanghihingi ng “raket” si Rabiya.

Graduating na siya noon sa college.

Sabi ni Rabiya kay Nelly sa Facebook messenger, “Ate nelly baka may mga raket ka diyan for Laboracay. Mga march to first week of may pwedeng pwede ako ha??? Need ko mag save para sa board exam.”

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Si Rabiya, 23, ang itinanghal na Miss Universe Philippines 2020 sa grand coronation na ginanap sa Baguio Country Club, Baguio City, nitong weekend.

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Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo's classmate and boarding house roommate tells this anecdote: "She transferred hastily one afternoon near dark with all her clothes, just clothes, so we lent her the banig and pillow for temporary use so she could sleep with something that night."
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: Miss Universe Philippines on Facebook
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